Services for Minors (Fukuoka School Only)
We are happy to accept students under 18 to study with us, with or without parental/guardian supervision. We provide several services to ensure that minors are safe and secure during their stay with us.
- Airport pickup
A representative from the school or accommodation will be waiting at the airport to pick the student up from his/her flight and take him/her to the accommodation. There is a 6,000 yen charge for this.
- For the flights to Fukuoka, many airlines offer an Unaccompanied Minor service, a paid service where a staff member will take the student between flights if they have transfers, and make sure the student is handed over to the school representative at Fukuoka Airport. Ask your airline for more details!
- Only homestays or designated dormitories
We only allow students under 18 to stay in a homestay with a Japanese family, or one of our designated dormitories which offer special services for under-18s.
A school counsellor is available Monday through Friday. We provide mandatory counselling sessions the first week, and optional sessions every week thereafter, to ensure that the student is adjusting to life in Japan, classes, and life with the homestay family.
- Weekly reports
For parents who require it, we provide weekly updates on student progress, including information on academic achievement, interactions with the host family, activities that week, and our observations.
- Emergency contact numbers
We offer a 24-hour emergency contact number that can be used by the student him/herself or parents calling from overseas, in the event of an emergency.
- Personal alarm
All minor students are provided with a free personal alarm, that makes a loud noise when the pin is pulled. Students are asked to carry this when walking alone.
- Cellphone rentals
Prepaid cellphones can be rented for about 500 yen per week from a company affiliated with GenkiJACS. (Note: a credit card is required.) Normally, minors cannot buy prepaid cellphones without written proof of permission from their parents, in Japanese. However, the cellphone rentals we have arranged are not restricted in this way. In Japan, there is no charge to receive calls on a cellphone, so carrying one means a student can always be reached by their family from abroad, or by the school. In addition, calls to emergency services are of course free.
- Friendly, safe atmosphere
As we are a small school, all teachers and students know each other, so minors are well supervised during their time in school, and can feel that they are in a safe and welcoming environment.
- Friendly, safe town
Fukuoka is famous for the friendliness of its residents, and has a very low crime rate compared to most other parts of Japan.
We accept students from 14 years of age and up. Students under 18 who wish to come from abroad to study at GenkiJACS must also send their parent or guardian's signature when confirming their application, as proof of parental approval.